Finally — A Legitimate Reason to Get a “Home Energy Score”

While it may prove to be of little to no value to the home owner, for a small fee of $25.00 you can help put a wounded veteran to work by allowing him to provide an energy inspection on your home resulting in a “Home Energy Score”.

At least it is not being done without the home owner’s consent as a part of a real estate transaction.  Go for it.

2 responses

  1. Jim, I think you do a injustice to the Home Energy Score program, those who provide this assessment, and even the needed energy related education of home buyers, by not providing all the information. As I understand it, the Home Energy Score can be done separately but it is primarily for home inspectors to be able to provide some basic energy related information to home buyers, without the buyer having to fork up the cost of a full / real energy audit for a house that they may not even purchase. The home buyer already has to shell out considerable money to find out about the things that are immediately important about the house. At a minimum, the home inspection, radon, WDI / termite. And if there are other items like septic, on site well, stucco / EIFS, mold, the list goes on. This program is an attempt to provide them with some information and some education at a cost that they may actually be able to afford and / or they are willing to spring for.
    Most importantly, you fail to mention, that those who provide this assessment must be either BPI and / or RESNET certified. Not exactly easy certifications to get. They also need to pass the test for the program. I passed it, but it was not a walk in the park. Additionally, if a home inspector is providing the service they must meet the state and / or their associations requirements for being a home inspector.
    Lastly, I suspect that only the better home inspectors will provide this service. It’s not easy to meet the requirements to be able to do so, and many will not jeopardize their relationship with the realtor for the sake of providing energy related information. Realtors tend to not like negative information about houses they are selling.
    And frankly, unless the house is a small box on slab with all four sides the same, electric baseboard heat, no air, and no skylites, I don’t think many will be done for $25.
    Herb Scott Scott Home Inspections / Scott Home Performance Evaluations

    • Herb, we will have to agree to disagree.

      First, the “Home Energy Score” program that I have linked to is different from the other gimmick being offered by some home inspectors. The “Home Energy Score” is a permanent rating given to a home … a simple number … that “compares” the house to other homes in the same area. At least, it tries to. While it does nothing for energy efficiency, it helps wounded warriors find extra income … and that makes it good.

      The government “Home Energy Score”, however, should never be assigned by a home inspector as a part of a real estate transaction, IMO.

      The gimmicks used by some home inspectors to pad their fees (aka “Home Energy Inspections” or “Home Energy Evaluations”) are differet … and are very misleading and dangerous to any prospective home buyer who might be foolish enough to depend upon that information when considering to purchase a home.

      This gimmick uses an on-line calculator that is already available to the public for free (for that is the most it is worth in terms of accuracy and relevance) and charges people for providing this free information in a computer generated report. Prospective home buyers are supposed to trust this information to help them determine, in advance, the home’s energy efficiency performance.

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